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Our Partners

The conservation managers for the Upendo Conservation Area consult regularly with the consultants below with regard to conservation management, species identification, and fundraising.

Professor Jonathan Twining

Professor Twining teaches environmental science and conservation biology at Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy, MA USA.  His interests are herpetology, amphibian bioacoustics, community engagement with snakebite envenoming, and conservation management.  His role with the conservation area is consulting on species inventories, amphibian bioacoustics, survey techniques, and development of educational materials and training modules.  Twining has also worked on fundraising efforts for the conservation area.  He can be reached at 

Caleb and Makayla Johnson

Makayla works with Nazarenes for Creation Care (Nashville, TN, USA) and is studying to be a Master Naturalist.  She has assisted Professor Twining with development of training modules on snake awareness, as well as educational modules on frogs and lizards in the conservation area.  She has also developed fundraising and social media materials for projects involving the conservation area.

Caleb has worked in multiple economic development NGOs and has a heart for poverty alleviation and creation care.  His bachelor's and master's level studies have aided him in his research of poverty alleviation and he is thankful he gets to live out his passion.  He loves hiking, sports, and ice cream!

Commited to Conservation
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